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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  July 20, 2011 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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good for him. we're glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail or tweet me and let me know why you're awake right now. or you can do what skron any marbles does and text the word awake. we'll read the best responses later. you don't think anybody was asking marbles? yeah, sure, come right in. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this wednesday, july 20th. we have a lot going on today including a shocking new e-mail tirade from that tea party congressman alan west of florida to the new dnc chairwoman. we'll share that with you. also rupert murdoch's testimony gets "the daily show" treatment. you knew in was coming as jon stewart breaks down the proceedings most memorable
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moments, we'll show you what you missed. first let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. rupert murdoch and his son james appearing at a british parliament hearing to address that ongoing hacking scandal surrounding their company news corporation. the elder murdoch called this the most humbling day of his career. british lawmakers grilled murdoch for hours, but the media mogul insisted that he is not to blame for on the incident that brought down his tabloid news of the world. >> did you close it because of the criminality? >> yes, we felt ashamed at what had happened. >> do you accept ultimately you're responsible for the whole fiasco? >> no. >> you're not? who is responsible? >> the people that i trusted to run it and then maybe the people they trusted. >> the former ceo of murdoch's news international group rebekah
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brooks, she also answered questions in front of the committee yesterday. brooks offered a personal apology saying she was shocked by reports that journalists had hacked a teenage murder victim's phone. but the biggest fireworks came when a protester tried to hit murdoch in the face with a shaving cream pie. there it is. murdoch's wife wendy raced to defend her 80-year-old husband, smacking the attacker in the head. big jab. we'll have more on the man behind the pie all later in the show. by the way, in about an hour from now, the uk prime minister david minister, he's expected to speak in front of parliament hoping to stop further damage to the government from this scandal. so to get some of the latest on the investigation and a preview of what will happen in today's speech, martin flesher joins us live from london. there is an emergency session of parliament today, this has brought david cameron back into
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the country to be able to speak before the people there. what do we expect to hear? >> that's right, today's highlight, every day brings some dramatic development. today the star there will be david cameron. he actually called for the emergency session. he cut short a trip to africa to try to take control of this. he'll face a grilling, though. the key questions will be very significant questions for him. why did he hire a former news of the world editor despite warnings, how much did he know about the phone hacking investigation, when did he know it, and also whether anyone had any role into the phone hooking. he also faced questions about how many times he met murdoch and top staff. but the key issue is did corruption in murdoch's newspaper and increasingly among
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the police, did it spread to 10 downing street. so it will be a fascinating session in parliament today set to start in about an hour and a half. >> so the house of commons is releasing this report accusing news international of attemptsiattempting to thwart the phone hacking. >> the committee released a report and said they deplore news international's attempts to dwort the original investigation by the police into phone hacking. that was in 2005. but it also said in this report that the police also set aside a huge amount of material that could have identified other perpetrators and victims so that there's still a lot of recrimination and major investigation still to come. >> martin fletchner the uk for us. we appreciate it very much. it's worth noting the front of the daily news, a big picture of murdoch that says humble pie.
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the paper owns by news corp itself, nowhere to be found. all in the family it says. you have to turn to the business section to find anything on that. in washington now, dueling debt plans are now taking center stage in congress. in a vote that was largely along party lines, the house passed the so-called cut, cap and balance bill. it happened last night. afterwards, a jim jordan along with chase son chavitz also pressed the senate to take up a vote. >> let's have the senate bring up this plan and have the vote. what are they afraid of, why not bring it up? if you follow conventional wisdom, you never get anything of real meaning done. >> if the senate lines up this punt formation, i think across it country you'll see black that punt because this is a real plan that will actually solve the underlying problem and that's why you have such broad support here today. >> despite the gop's push, it's expected to fail in the democratic controlled senate.
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but a new propose how from this bipartisan gang of six is gathering support in the other chamber. tom coburn happens to be obama's closest friend in the senate as a republican. he had left the group, rejoined yesterday to help push this plan. and among the other things this package would do, it would reduce the deficit by close to $4 trillion, 3$3.7 trillion to e exact, it would cut taxes by over $1.5 trillion over ten years, implement $500 billion in immediate cuts, new revenue and simplify the tax code to neighboring just thrmake it jus brackets. president obama praised the proposal saying it was broadly consistent with his deficit goals. he also urged lawmakers to use the outlines to move toward a final deal.
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>> we have the american people who agree with the balanced approach. my hope and what i will be urging speaker boehner, nancy pelosi as well as leader reid and mitch mcconnell, is that they tomorrow are prepared to start talking turkey and actually getting down to the hard business of crafting a plan that can move this forward. >> what we call talking turkey. the developments come as a new poll shows growing support for an increase in the debt ceiling with 38% favoring a hike compared to 16% that's just three months ago. the poll shows that more americans blame republicans, just 34% would put it on the president's shoulders. news that the stalemate could soon be over is giving a big boost to u.s. markets. the dow posting its best point
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and percentage gain of the entire year yesterday. for more, we want to head to steve sedgwick in london with the latest. good day to you. >> very good day it to you. there wasn't just one thing that sent this market up yesterday. i think it was a whole most of matters. including the fact that we could be closer to ending that stalemate, including the fact that the housing starts were the best we've seen in six months and also the fact that across the board, we saw some really good earnings from some real big bellwethers in the u.s. corporate scene. >> if you can quickly apple one of those bellwethers with a blowout quarter, do you have some of those details? just amazing numbers. >> it really was a blowout and it sent the shares up to a new record high. the profit more than doubled to $7.3 billion. the revenue surged 82%. and it was the best quarter in
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the company's history. they put out on to the market 20.34 million iphones. what was expected was 17 million to 18 million iphones. ipad 2s were also flying off the shelves. >> i added my name to that list, as well. steve sedgwick, appreciate it. some of the recent or rick is getting it testy in the debate over raising the debt ceiling. allen west sending a scathing personal e-mail to fellow congresswoman debbie wasserman schwartz. west tears into wasserman schultz writing in the subject line, quote, up professional and inappropriate sophomore rick behavior from wasserman schultz. west also writes, you want a personal fight, i'm happy to ob blige. you are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the u.s. house of representatives. if you have something to say to me, stop being a kourd and say to my face. otherwise, shut the heck up.
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you have proven repeatedly that you are not a lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me. good to see everybody's getting along well. west was responding to earlier comments that wasserman shut made about him on the house floor in which the democratic nags anational committee chairmn responded to the cut for cut, cap and balance. >> incredulously, jat from florida who represents thousands of medicare beneficiaries as do do i is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for medicare beneficiaries. unbelievable from a member from south florida. >> she called him the gentleman. he said shut the heck up. a spokesman for wasserman shut says he think west is upset that the congresswoman highlighted his tactics for balancing the budget. clearly. still ahead, do you remember where you were the last type the pirates were holding on to the top spot? the fight rat pirates are in fi
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way too early for this, but not that pretty shot. hot weather all day, hot weather at night, the nation's capital reaching 100 degrees over the next couple days. bill karins here with a look at the forecast. now it's sort of our turn.
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the east coast gets its turn. >> it's not like we've been chilly. yesterday was 95 in new york city. good morning, everyone. but the difference with what's coming for the east coast is that we're going to add a lot of humidity to these high temperatures. today we'll be warm, not cold. 95 in d.c. today, 94 in philadelphia. but the humidities during the afternoon, during the peak heating, isn't quite that bad. heat index maybe 100 to 105. on friday, probably 115. so as far as the worst of it today, minneapolis to chicago, today will probably be the hottest day you'll have for chicago. it's your best chance of hitting 100. all our friends in the ohio valley, dallas easily 100. and today will be the 19th day in a row of 100 degree heat in class. and washington, d.c., get ready for a brew it wiutal weekend. it's not even refreshing to go to the pool anymore. >> the feels like in washington on friday? >> about 115.
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> time for sports. who could have seen this coming? the pirates merchandipemerchand off store shelves. the ratings for television games up 46% from this time a year ago. this as the pirates moved in to first place yesterday threatening to end the streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons. let's go to your highlights. bottom of the first, there's a grounder to short. pirates on board first. cincinnati would load the bases up in the seventh. jay bruce pinch hitting, he'd go down swing. next batter drew stubbs gets
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them out of a jam. pittsburgh stays on top of the nl central. dodgers and giants in san francisco. drive as shot down the line, it stays fair. 1-0 giants. in the fourth, a giants fan gets the ball, but watch the boy in the stands behind her. not psyched about it. not okay. we'll talk about that. the good news someone saw his reaction and they did bring him a ball. not to worry. back to the game now, in the seventh, a diving stop. gets dirty in the field. so we go to the september. bell up again. bases loaded. drives it the opposite way. that could be the game winner. san francisco with a big win at home. 5-3.
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tigers and athletics. this one at home plate. the fourth inning, the ball bounces off the first base bag into foul territory. martinez on first tries to get all the way to the plate. the relay throw beats him bia mile and martinez dodges the tag, but he calls him safe. look at that. he had all the time in the world. can't make the tag. you saw it. martinez gets his hand in before he could put the governlove on . tigers win. rangers against the angels. ninth inning, josh hamilton crushes it. a monster shot to center. his 13th of the season. adrian beltre, the angels get
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sha sla shellacked at home. after eight seasons in the nba, yao ming says it's official, i'm retiring at 30 years young. injuries have taken a toll on him this poor guy who i met has to bend down in the elevator because even the elevator for the players isn't big enough for him. at 7'6", he was taken at number one by the rockets in 2002. finally, check this out. this is kung fu and volleyball. you think hacky sack is tough? they call it cpoc it tocra. americans are just learning about this. big sponsors fashion island.
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pretty tough stuff. coming up, right here on "morning joe," new hope in the deficit debate. president obama talking of a plan by the senate's gang of six, but does this truly have a shot ats passing by the august deadline. and when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler where jon stewart flushes out the best moments from yesterday's pie flinging johnny marbles hosting parliament hearing. act my age? -why? -why? -why? [ female announcer ] we all age differently. rocĀ® multi-correxion 4 zone moisturizer with rocĀ®retinol and antioxidants. lines, wrinkles, and sun damage will fade. roc multi-correxion. correct what ages you.
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welcome back. do you ever wonder how you personally contribute to our nation's deficit problems? if you want to sound smart, tell your friends that according to the congressional budget office last year the u.s. took in $7,000 in revenue per citizen but spent $11,000, creating a difference of 4 grand a person. there's the deficit. that's a grand total of $3.4 trillion in spending versus $2.2 trillion in revenue. and the source of all of our budget woes today. so call the government. i'm cool, i don't need anymore your money. we want to gather around and talk about the pie eating contest in the parly hearing.
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as we showed you, rupert murdoch's testimony was enter represented when a man shoved a shaving cream pie in the man's face. the guy's name is marbles. self proceed claimed comedian and activist. marbles was escorted out of the hearing in handcuffs charged with public disorder. luckily the only thing harmed in the incident was murdoch's ego, but he can take comfort in the fact that he joins a long profile list of public figures accosted by pie wielding hoodlums. we went deep into the archives for this. 1997, nicolas sarkozy drilled during a trip to brussels. he shakes it off. the same belgium pie prankster got bill gates and he got him good. bill gates, wow.
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that was a tough one. ann coulter knew it was coming. she was also sort of pied. this was during a speech in 1994. but she ducks and gets away. and how can we for get the unfortunate incident that occurred with pat buchanan at the university of western michigan. it wasn't pie to be fair, it was salad dressing. but you get the idea here. last night by the way on "the daily show," jon stewart giving us his own take. take a look. >> the whole day of testimony was amazing. but perhaps no moment more remarkable than murdoch interrupting his son's opening statement. >> of the newspaper -- >> before you get to that, i'd just like to say one sentence. this is the most humble day of my life. >> not so humble you couldn't wait for your turn to talk.
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by the way, that was before some idiot tried to pie murdoch. the young woman in pink whose lightning reflex and devastating chuck norrisesque hand speed subdues him. that woman is rupert murdoch's wife, wendy. now, i'm not a big proponent of the four decade marriage age gap. but if ever there was a situation where it would pay dividends, it would be an ambush like that. of course the attack occurred after a period of the testimony where murdoch may have appeared somewhat vulnerable. asleep. what?
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